Over the weekend, 80 of our Youth In Policing members braved the frigid temperatures to take part in the annual Coldest Night of The Year Walk.
The event supports The Refuge Youth Shelter in Oshawa, an organization that works with homeless and street-involved youth up to the age of 24-years-old. In 2013, 429 different youth came to The Refuge 9,658 times. They are young women and men, and sometimes their children, facing unbelievable circumstances, pain and poverty.
This year the Youth in Policing members surpassed their fundraising goal of $6,000 by donating approximately $9,838 to The Refuge. As a team they reached out to members of the community for donations and held two Bake Sale fundraisers at Durham College.
The two, five and 10 kilometre walk provides participants the opportunity to experience a hint of the challenges faced by those experiencing homelessness while raising much needed revenue.
Since 2011, the Coldest Night of the Year has raised $4.9 million dollars through the tireless efforts of community members and partners. Find out more about The Refuge here.
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